Southern Baptist Convention Marks 50 Years of Disaster Relief Ministry


The Southern Baptist Convention is celebrating 50 years of disaster relief ministry.

It was back in 1967 that Southern Baptists first began disaster relief efforts.

Scottie Stice, disaster relief director for the Southern Baptists of Texas Convention, says it all started with a group led by Bob Dixon and a South Texas hurricane.

“So they went down with the old buddy burners made out of No.10 cans,” he recalls, “and started cooking meals for truck drivers, and meanwhile they were gathering supply for storm victims and out of that was birthed Southern Baptist Disaster Relief. Very humble beginnings.”

Now, 50 years later, Southern Baptists have the third-largest disaster relief organization behind the American Red Cross and Salvation Army.

There are 42 state Baptist conventions to partner with the North American Mission Board as it coordinates Southern Baptist responses to major disasters.

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Bill Bumpas